Loops

Production Department Pick of the Month

It’s February, and as it’s been cold up here in the United States so let’s heat it up a bit with a couple of products just begging to be used in your next chart topping track.  This month I’ll be looking over a couple of Hip Hop products that provide you with live instruments that normally wouldn’t be accessable to most people.

Nothing sets apart a track more than the use of live strings.  Live string players are expensive and it takes a lot of experience to record and capture the nuances of these instruments.  Big Fish Audio has made it a bit easier to include live strings in your Hip Hop, Pop, or R&B tracks with Urban String Sessions. Urban String Sessions provides and excellent assortment of live string loops recorded in a mid-size studio setting.  Each loop includes various parts and sections broken out to allow for further arrangement and custom mixing.  Any way you slice it I think you’ll love how quickly and easily these loops will fit with your music.

My second selection for the month contains live played Indian percussion played along with hip hop beats.  Hip Hop India was played by master percussionist Sanket Athale.  What truly makes this library stand out from ordinary ethnic percussion libraries is Sanket’s ability to incorporate expertly played Indian percussion with a modern approach. Take a listen to the demos and you’ll hear what I mean.  Every instrument was recorded in complete isolation allowing you to select and choose the exact group of instruments of your choosing.  No sample library one-shots will ever replace the nuance and feel of a live player and Hip Hop India is truly no exception.

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General

Production Department Pick of the Month

It’s time for the production department pick of the month.  Every month I scour our catalog to highlight a few products that I think truly exemplify quality libraries that our customers will want to hear about.  This month I want to bring your attention to two hip hop libraries that focus on the trending Dirty South style.

First off let’s look at Kings of the South: Dirty Crunk Kits. This particular product has been at the top of the Big Fish Audio top sellers for a number of months now.  This product nails the  sound to a “T” with loads of 808’s, saw synth leads, massive horns, vocal BGV’s,  and everything else that is Dirty South.  The hooks are catchy and the sounds are well crafted, making it a breeze to construct your own Dirty South hit.

Our second product we will look at is Off the Hook Dirty South 2. If you are familiar with the “Off the Hook” series then you would already know this product is going to contain top quality loop content with excellent production quality.  Volume 1 was a complete smash hit and volume 2 has raised the bar to a whole new level.  There are 41 construction kits and from top to bottom you’ll find a ton of high quality Dirty South loops and sounds that will keep you rockin for a long time.

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General - Loops

Production Department Pick of the Month

In this post I am going to give you my picks of the month and focus on two outstanding guitar loop libraries we’ve recently released. First on my list is Off the Hook Guitars. Off the Hook Guitars continues in a long line of worldwide hits in the “Off the Hook” series. There is something special that can happen to a Hip Hop or R&B track when you add the element of a live played guitar. Whether your looking for licks or leads, rhythm parts, or wah wah guitars you’ll find it all in this jam packed library. These expertly played and recorded guitars are definitely Off the Hook!

My second library recommendation for the month is Studio Guitars: The Michael Ripoll Project. Michael Ripoll is an A level guitarist working in the studio and on tour with some of the biggest names in the industry. Working with Michael on this project was a lot of fun. His range of talent and mastery of so many different styles is astounding. This is truly evident in this library as it contains over 1,000 loops ranging from rock to country, jazz, to funk. This is a must have library that will be an asset in many many music productions for years to come. (Currently Michael is working on a couple new projects for Big Fish Audio, so keep your eye out for their release later this year).

Now that you know my picks of the month go ahead and check them out yourselves. Both of them contain a free sample pack for you to download and try out yourself. On top of that I would like to personally offer our Blog readers a coupon code good for $20 dollars off either of these products for the month of June. Enter BRGPC1 at check out to receive your discount on one or both of these products!

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General - Instruments - Loops

A DIY control surface for MOTU’s BPM

Thanks for the tip from Stretta who points out someone who created his own hardware control surface to play MOTU’s BPM, the popular MPC-style plug-in that lets you program your own beats. It’s a favorite of our customers so thought it warranted a mention here!

MOTU BPM

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